Home. Sweet. Home.

Between diaper changes, nursing stops and rainy weather, our 10 hour trip from Jackson to Charlotte for the Thanksgiving holiday resulted in a return time of 17 hours spread over 2 days. We stopped in Atlanta Monday night to stay with our friends, Casey and Anisa Darnell and their 4-year-old daughter, Ava. Casey is a gifted musician and worship leader and Anisa is a brilliant designer with a knack for making all things beautiful. (You can check out her work at milkandhoneyhome.com.) Ava, of course, is a Disney Princess. We made it to Casey and Anisa’s by midnight in the cold and rain looking like a couple of war torn travelers. Tottering between tears and utter delirium, we pulled up to their beautifully decorated home with Christmas lights and wreaths. Their smiling faces greeted us as though it were 2 in the afternoon rather than the middle of the night. I felt like the odd relative who arrives at Clark Griswold’s house with his RV in Christmas Vacation and announces he’s staying for the holiday. But they didn’t make us feel like imposing intruders. In fact, it was quite the opposite. When they showed us to the guest room, and I could have cried. Perhaps we were just that road weary, but this is what greeted us.

A welcomed sight after a long day of travel

So simple and yet so thoughtful. I plan to start snagging those mini-toiletry bottles from my hotel room stays to add to my hospitality baskets.

It was a space to retreat complete with hanging bath robes and furry slippers in the closet, and stacks of books and magazines to help guests to unwind. The brown paper bag was filled with snacks and activities for Salem. I am so grateful when others give the extra effort to make my children feel loved and welcomed.

Thank you, Anisa! You reminded me that when it comes to hospitality, it is the little things that go a long way.

What do you like to do to make your guests feel welcomed?




  1. jade said,

    December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    We are on the opposite side, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to have many guest with our travel schedule, but have been guest at many places. You are so right… it’s the little things. It so nice after being in the car all day to enter into a home with a meal on the table awaiting us, and not have to say hello, and pile back in the car with 3 “done” children and go out to eat while expecting them to behave. I love the little things too.

  2. Dee Nash said,

    December 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I need to step up my game! You are coming to my house next…….I will try to top this. I have always wanted my guests to feel as if they were in their own homes; everything they need at their fingers tips. But most people have not practiced the art of hospitality. This is a great example and a good lesson to us all. Thanks for sharing this!

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